Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal - Touched by genius
When Thomas Telford finished Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1805, it was the tallest canal boat crossing in the world.
It’s still there today. Still taking canal boat passengers on the ride of their lives. But now it’s on the world map.
In 2009 UNESCO made this masterpiece of civil engineering a World Heritage Site – along with 11 miles of canal including Chirk Aqueduct and the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen.
Now it’s officially one of the greatest heritage sites in the world, and on a par with places like the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal and the Acropolis.
When you see it, you’ll see something that was touched by genius. Because Telford was a true visionary.
He lived in a different age, but he was up there with the likes of Apple founder Steve Jobs, Microsoft’s Bill Gates or any other modern forward-thinker. He was a man ahead of his time.
It’s no exaggeration to say that techniques and ideas developed at Pontcysyllte helped shape the world through their impact on engineering.
But what’s really amazing is the way the structure still captures people’s imagination. Over 200 years after it was built.
It’s never lost its magic.